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Mile Moment of the Month: The Mile of the Century – Bannister vs. Landy 1954

August 07, 2014

HOKA ONE ONE presents the Mile Moment of the Month

By Bring Back the Mile

Sixty years ago, on August 7, at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada, the world’s two best Milers, England’s Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-4 minute Mile, and Australia’s John Landy, the second man to break 4 minutes and at the time the world record holder, waged a titanic battle over the storied distance.

A packed Empire Stadium of more than 30,000 spectators, plus an international television audience of 10 million, collectively witnessed what was dubbed “The Mile of the Century” or “Miracle Mile”. The match-up did not disappoint as Landy, 24, took out the pace, aiming not only to win, but also to break his own world record (3:58.0).

Bannister, 25, sat behind the front running Landy, and off of the final turn, Bannister, a 1952 Olympian, surged past his tiring rival, who looked over his left shoulder as Bannister went by on his right. The Brit broke the beam in 3:58.8 followed by the Aussie in 3:59.6.

In a truly epic race, it was the first time two men broke 4 minutes for the Mile in the same race, and for Bannister, the win capped his legendary Mile career with a personal record and his second and last sub-4 minute Mile. Race video below.

The Mile of Century: Bannister vs. Landy
Vancouver, CAN, Saturday, August 7, 1954

Tags: roger bannister (140) , miracle mile (14) , mile of the century (4) , mile moment of the month (11) , john landy (24) , hoka one one (45) , commonwealth games (3)

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